The persistence of culture

Gough, Julie (2009) The persistence of culture. [Creative Work]

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What are the materials I should know about? What are the words I should speak? How do I work with what I know now and with what were once everyday? When such objects come together what do they register? The Persistence of Culture is a work that explores what ends and what begins when cultures come together.

Research Statement

Research Background Aboriginal people quickly took up new tools from whenever and wherever they arrived: Joseph Raoul, 2nd Pilot, Recherche, 8-10 February 1793 “We gave them many things and showed them how to use the carpenter’s tools we gave them, as well as how to look after them. It seemed to me they paid little attention to these things, but not enough to persuade me that they did not find them very useful...and they seemed to prefer the hatchets and saws to everything else…”
Research Contribution In the early 1830s a man on horseback in the far north west of Tasmania recounted with awe how an Aboriginal woman at a great many paces managed to hurl a spear as he rode past, that pierced and took his hat. It is rare to hear of Tasmanian Aboriginal women throwing spears – but dangerous times make people resourceful. This work is about the spirit of survival, and the multi purpose, multi cultural, multiple means by which this is achieved, and can be remembered.
Research Significance The artists selected for Returning all have an association with Tasmania AND have pre-occupations or connections which have drawn them away. Returning presents work which arises from their pre-occupations elsewhere. By showing us ‘other’ places Returning also tells us about ‘our’ place. Returning presents work which references ‘other’ places with an intimacy and sensuality available to textile artists by the very nature of their medium.
Item ID: 19952
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: timber, possum fur, shells
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Australia, mixed-media, cross-cultural, colonisation, contemporary, exhibition
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The Persistence of Culture was shown in a group exhibition titled Returning at Burnie Regional Art Gallery, 8 May - 7 June 2009.

Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 03:40
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190504 Performance and Installation Art @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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